Invasive Non-Native Plants 

 

Whilst is it not an offence to have invasive non-native plants on any land and there is currently no obligation to treat or remove them, it is an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plant listed in Schedule 9, Part 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.  This list includes Fallopia Japonica (Japanese Knotweed), Impatiens Glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam) and Heracleum Mantegazzianum (Giant Hogweed).  On the rare occasions that sites in our management contain these, we take appropriate steps with the correct safety controls to ensure that the plants are not encouraged to spread to adjacent land through the movement of contaminated soil or plant waste, mitigating the risk of damage to structures and building foundations. Regular treatment via herbicide spray and monitoring to check re-growth is our usual approach.